GROOTS Kenya (Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood in Kenya) is a national movement of grassroots women comprising of over 3,500 women –led, community based organizations. It has a current geographical coverage of 17 out 47 counties in Kenya.
These include; Kiambu, Nairobi, Laikipia, Kilifi, Busia, Kakamega, Homa bay, Migori, Nyandarua, Kitui, Nanyuki, Muranga, Isiolo, Marsabit, Nakuru and lately Tana River county among others.
GROOTS Kenya was founded in 1995 after the 4th UN Conference on women held in Beijing China, as a response to the inadequate visibility of grassroots women in development and decision making platforms that directly impacts them and their communities.
Our programme areas include
a) Community Response to HIV/AIDS Program,
b) Women and Property Program
c) Women Leadership and Governance Program and
d) Community Resilience to Disaster and Climate Change.
GROOTS Kenya in partnership CISP, Nature Kenya and Procarsur Learning Route is implementing a 3.5 years, EU Funded project titled REBUILD in Tana River County. The Overall objective of the project is “to contribute towards increased resilience of communities in ASAL areas of Kenya to drought and other effects of climate change”.
GROOTS Kenya is responsible for implementing the project activities in Galole sub-county and provide technical support and innovations for gender mainstreaming to the entire project. Overall the project is expected to achieve the following core outcomes among others;
· 1,200 hectares of land reclaimed through innovative pasture and fodder production
· 120,000 community members reached with good practices on Community led Livestock Disease Detection, protection through 6 radio programs
· Diversification of livestock for 580 vulnerable households with inclusion of alternative and breed improved livestock types(Bee keeping: 100 households, poultry: 280 households, Galla goats: 200 households)
· Adoption of conservation agriculture technics, including the cultivation of drought resistant and short maturing crop varieties (like amaranths, green gram, cow peas) and fruit species by 1600 Households
· 120 women households engaged in trading of livestock and crop marketable nutritious products.
· 10 women groups from pastoralists and agro-pastoralists communities engage in fodder production, preservation and proper management and utilization of crop residues.
· 20 women groups adopt climate resilient agro-forestry practices
· 20 women groups in Galole Sub County adopt improved irrigation practices, including utilization of irrigation implements and water pumps.
· 30 women groups networks/groups in Tana river supported in movement building, leadership development and mentorship
· 1000 grassroots women engage in advocacy and governance initiatives at county, national and regional level.
· Improved outreach of quality veterinary services focusing on early livestock disease detection, control and management and through support to government vetinary officers in training and provision of vet/drug kits
· Improved capacity of participating institutions and personnel in Disaster Risk Response, Nutrition sensitive programming and gender advocacy
· Development of 6 Publications on Gender Mainstreaming in Food security and Disaster Risk Response
2 Program Officer (Gender Advocacy)
Nairobi & Tana River
Serve as the project technical expert on gender equality, women’s empowerment, and gender analysis
Participate in project baseline, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting to ensure gender mainstreaming. This will include developing and monitoring gender indicators
Lead Publication of online project outcomes on Gender Mainstreaming in Food security and DDR
Support the collective organizing of mapped women networks/groups in Tana River, developing leadership capacities and support all the policy advocacy and lobbying activities
Build capacity of project staff, partners and project stakeholders in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming in Food security and DRR
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience
The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:
Educational level required: Degree in gender and development or related field
Technical Training required. Gender analysis and mainstreaming
Experience: At least four years’ experience working on gender equality and women’s empowerment, gendered approaches to agriculture, food security, disaster and climate issues
Technical experience in supporting women entrepreneurships and market systems
Excellent communication skills (written and oral) for communicating with communities and partners
Passionate about grassroots women empowerment and community development
Must be a committed to gender equality and women empowerment
Ability to meet deadlines without failure
Ability to manage multiple tasks
Cooperation and Teamwork
Self-driven Leader and a strategic and critical thinker
Exceptional Time Management skills with a high sense of agency:
High Planning and Organization skills:
Great Interpersonal Skills (Internal and External stakeholders):
Conflict management skills; demonstrates tact and diplomacy when resolving conflicts,